Target Your Abs with This Quick Routine

I remember sitting on the floor of my gym in high school and chatting with a friend (who’s now expecting her first kid – because we’re “adults”) about how many crunches Britney Spears did every day. Word on the street was that in her “I’m a Slave 4 U” days, she logged 500 crunches each day. Five. Hundred.

We vowed to do the same, but we also had a friend with a drawer that was always full of gushers. No one told us that abs started in the kitchen.

I’ve always loved to work my abs. The burning sensation of the mid-section working is the most satisfying kind.

And although I love to change up my workouts and my routines, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some best-of moments to pull from. My favorite ab series makes an appearance into one of my workouts each week.

Target your abs with this ladder. You’ll do 30 reps of eight different exercises – a mere 240 reps – and six of those exercises will focus on one side of the body at a time.

Here are your moves:

  • 30 crunches
  • 30 crunches with your right leg extended
  • 30 crunches with your right leg extended at a 45 degree angle
  • 30 half bicycle crunches (left elbow to right knee)
  • 30 straight leg crunches
  • 30 half bicycle crunches (right elbow to left knee)
  • 30 crunches with your left leg extended at a 45 degree angle
  • 30 crunches with your left leg extended

Happy crunching!

(Disclaimer: This workout is not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor is it a replacement for seeking medical treatment or professional nutrition advice. Do not start any nutrition or physical activity program without first consulting your physician.)

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About Jeana Anderson Cohen

Jeana Anderson Cohen is the founder and CEO of a premiere wellness media destination that creates content and community to help womxn live better lives and achieve their goals. Before founding health-focused companies Jeana earned a degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison - and fresh out of college she worked on the '08 Obama campaign in Michigan. From there, she created and executed social media strategies for brands. aSweatLife fuses her experience in building community and her passion for wellness. You can find Jeana leading the team at aSweatLife, trying to join a book club, and walking her dog Maverick.